Rollin’ and Tumblin’: B.B. King and Eric Clapton’s Collaboration Expanded For 20th Anniversary

By Joe Marchese | May 28, 2020 | 4 Comments

Eric Clapton and B.B. King first took the stage together in 1967 – the former a young upstart then serving as one-third of power trio Cream and the latter already a veteran blues master. They didn’t record together until 1997 when King called Clapton to guest on his Deuces Wild album of duets, and the […]

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Review: Jimi Hendrix, “Band of Gypsys [50th Anniversary Edition]”

By Sam Stone | May 27, 2020 | 6 Comments

During his all-too-brief career, Jimi Hendrix navigated an uncharted course, following his muse and his talents wherever they would take him.  So much has been said about his guitar technique, his songwriting, and his lyrics.  But as I lay listening to the 50th anniversary edition of Band of Gypsys, I realized that Hendrix was also a […]

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She Satisfies: Cherry Red Laces Up Shoes’ Elektra Years on Box Set

By Joe Marchese | May 26, 2020 | 1 Comment

For more than 40 years, Shoes has been celebrating the art of pop with its compact, melodic nuggets worthy of The Beatles, The Raspberries, or Big Star. Hailing from the town of Zion, Ill. on the banks of Lake Michigan, Shoes was formed by Gary Klebe and brothers John and Jeff Murphy, three kids united […]

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Peggy Lee at 100: Grammy Museum Presents Panel Discussion and Virtual Exhibit; Documentary, CD, and DVD Coming This Summer

By Joe Marchese | May 25, 2020 | 1 Comment

100 years ago tomorrow – May 26, 1920 – Norma Deloris Egstrom was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. You know her as Peggy Lee: groundbreaking singer, songwriter, actress, and artist. Though she passed away in 2002, her music is as present today as ever – and her influence just as strong. Peggy’s songs have recently […]

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Emotional Rescue: The Rolling Stones Announce Half-Speed Masters of 10 Classic Albums

By Sam Stone | May 22, 2020 | 13 Comments

In this vacuum that is COVID lockdown, where time seems suspended indefinitely, I was shaken back to reality the other day with the ping of an iPhone notification.  “Starting in 7 minutes,” the message read, “The Rolling Stones in Nashville.”  That’s where I was supposed to be, half-of-the-nation away for my first trip to Music […]

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